Pursuant to the Information Society Services and E-commerce Act [Ley 34/2002, del 11 de julio, de Servicios de la Sociedad de la Información y del Comercio Electrónico], we inform you that the website is owned by Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM), run by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), with address at Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49 08003-Barcelona.

Access to and use of this website implies acceptance of each of the conditions stipulated in this legal notice and submission to Spanish legislation, waiving other jurisdictions, so it is important to carefully read the information below.

ICM informs you that access to and use of the webpage and all of the subdomains and directories included is subject to the terms stated in this Legal Notice, notwithstanding that access to some of said services or content may require acceptance of additional General Terms and Conditions.

ICM reserves the right to perform, at any time and without prior notice, modifications and updates to the information the website contains and the configuration and presentation, as well as to eliminate information it contains or temporarily suspend accessibility.


Both the design of the portal and its source code, such as logos, trademarks and other distinctive signs that appear on it belong to ICM.

Unless otherwise stated, the information available on the portal may be reused. Its reproduction, in whole or in part, modification, distribution and communication exclusively for non-commercial use is authorised subject to the following conditions:

It is prohibited, under any circumstances, to change the nature of the information's contents. The user must cite the author and source of the documents being reused and inform Sea Watchers through the e-mail address

The information, documents, images, videos, audios and any other content that the users share through this portal is subject to the conditions for reuse, reproduction, modification, distribution and communication of content described in this legal notice.

ICM reserves the right to use, reproduce, modify and distribute the content shared by the managers and users of this portal to publicise and promote the Sea Watchers project through its own and third-party communication channels.

The images and data shared by the users registered on the Sea Watchers web platform may be used by any entity or organization with non-profit-making purposes of scientific research, environmental management, conservation of species and habitats and dissemination and awareness activities, with prior notice to the Sea Watchers coordination team through its contact address

If you unsubscribe from this service, your personal data will be automatically deleted from our database. However, the non-personal data corresponding to your shared observations (images of marine phenomena and related information) will be kept in our database and may continue to be used for scientific research purposes or the dissemination and promotion of Sea Watchers.

ICM reserves the right to cease to provide the service to anyone who makes inadequate or disrespectful use of the portal.

ICM accepts no responsibility for the originality of the content shared by users or any misuse they may make of it. This is solely the responsibility of the user who shares the content. In addition, ICM and the managers of Sea Watchers reserve the right to remove content from the portal that they consider to infringe the rights of its original author or whose originality is doubtful. If ICM becomes aware that any of the content shared by users infringes copyright or other rights, it will remove it from the portal as soon as possible.

ICM and the managers of Sea Watchers work to ensure that the content and operation of their website is the best possible quality. However, they do not guarantee the nonexistence of interruptions or errors in access to the website or its content, nor do they accept responsibility for any technical problems or failures that take place during connection to the internet. They also do not guarantee the absence of viruses or other harmful elements that may cause alterations to the computer system (hardware and software) of the person accessing it or to electronic documents, applications and files stored on it, so they accept no liability for damages and losses that may be caused to your computer system.


Pursuant to the Spanish Personal Data Protection Law [Ley Orgánica 3/2018 of 5 de diciembre, de Protección de Datos Personales y garantía de los derechos digitales (LOPD y GDD)], as well as that stipulated in Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), ICM and the managers of Sea Watchers undertake to comply with the provisions contained in their Privacy Policy.

Below, we summarize the key points of our Privacy Policy

Responsible for the treatment

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), with address at: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49 08003-Barcelona

DPO: José López Calvo,

Information we collect from you / Cookies policy

Information we collect through our website and through the use of Google Analytics cookies:

  • IP address of the computer making the request.
  • Date and time of access.
  • Name and URL of the file to which you want to access / retrieve.
  • Web page from which you access our virtual space
  • Operating system of your computer and the browser you use.
  • Name of your internet access provider.
  • Name and surname, to formalize the registration.
  • Email address, as contact information and necessary for the registration.
  • Postal address and country, if the user wishes, for the segmentation of audiences, and regional notifications to the people who authorize it.
  • Profile picture, if the user or the user wishes, to complement their profile.
  • Name of organization, school or diving club, in case it belongs to one, for organizational purposes of the activities of Sea Watchers.

Why we collect this information

This website uses its own and third party cookies to improve our services, as well as to analyze your browsing habits.

We use Google analytics to obtain information about the visits received on the website in order to be able to perform evaluations, statistical calculations on totally anonymous data, in order to guarantee the continuity of the service, optimize the content and performance of our website.

The collection and automated processing of personal data is aimed at the management, provision, extension and improvement of the services requested at any time by the user and the follow-up of queries raised by users.

We also collect personal information at the time of registration for the purposes of user identification.

Who do we share your personal data with?

We may share your personal data with the following recipients (and whenever we do, we will ensure that we have the appropriate security and contractual guarantees to protect them):

  • Any agency that is responsible for enforcing the law or any agency or other third party to those that are necessary to disclose the data according to the law.
  • New owners or entities reorganized in the case of a business restructuring, sale, purchase or creation of a joint venture that affects our business.
  • For the purpose of registering users, we use the MailChimp platform.

Legal basis for the processing of personal data

All processing that is carried out will ensure that it has a legal basis to collect and process your personal data, which will change according to the type of personal data and the context in which we obtain it.

We collect and process your personal data in order to enable the use of our website (to establish the connection), guarantee the security and continuous stability of the system, allow the technological administration of the network infrastructure and the optimization of our website as well as for internal statistical purposes.

The IP address is used only for statistical purposes, as well as in the case of attacks on the network infrastructure. It is carried out under the consideration and within the scope of the legal basis of legitimate interest as provided in Article 6. 1. f of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

International transfers

We do not make international transfers of your data.


The security measures we use are designed to provide a level of security of protection appropriate to the risk generated by the specific processing of your personal data.

Term of conservation

Your personal data will be kept for a period not exceeding that necessary to fulfill the purposes described in the Privacy Policy.

Your data protection rights

You can contact us at any time to review and update your personal data.

You can also contact us to ask us to delete your personal data or restrict its treatment, or to request that we transfer it to a third party.

You can exercise your rights by contacting us through this email: .

Updates to this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to adapt it to possible legal, technical or commercial changes.

We recommend that you periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us through this email: